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Afghanistan tops agenda of Gen. Raheel Sharif’s US visit

Afghanistan tops agenda of Gen. Raheel Sharif’s US visit

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Nov 16, 2015 - 11:53

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon is on top of the agenda of Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif who arrived on a five-day visit to the United States on Sunday night, his spokesman said.

Gen. Sharif will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. He is also expected to meet top officials, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, army chief, Central Command head and influential lawmakers.

“The visit is very significant as it is taking place at a time when important changes are taking place in our region and the situation is changing,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa.

Bajwa added before the launch of the Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan, Kabulinfo-icon had been informed that terrorists would try to flee into Afghanistan, and for the need to take appropriate steps to deal with them.

There had been substantial benefits of the offensive across the border in Afghanistan and discussion would be held on how to maximise these gains, he added.

Pakistaninfo-icon had always said it would support an Afghan-led and an Afghan-owned reconciliation process with the Talibaninfo-icon, Bajwa asserted.

“Pakistan has supported such efforts with utmost sincerity and it will continue to fully support, the reconciliation process,” he promised, saying the issue was important in the context of regional peace and stability.

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